Archive for January, 2016

Penn Conference on Fine and Private Press Books

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

spectrum_500“The Art of the Book: Fine Printing in North America in the 21st Century” is the extremely promising title of a conference at the University of Pennsylvania about a month away, Friday and Saturday, February 26 and 27. The cast of speakers includes many members of our organization: Mark Dimunation, Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress, will be the keynote speaker on Friday. Then on Saturday, Carol Blinn, Abigail Rorer, Robin Price, Mark Tomlinson, Dan De Simone, Russell Maret, Mindy Belloff, Carolee Campbell, Michael Thompson, Matt Neff, Sharka Hyland,
Barbara Henry, Jean-François Vilain, Lynne Farrington, and Mark Samuels Lasner will be speaking in panels. Symposium information is available here.

The conference is in part to go with an exhibit at the University of Pennsylvania Library, Across the Spectrum: Color in American Fine & Private Press Books, 1890-2015, which in turn celebrates the recent acquisition by the Penn Libraries of The Jean-François Vilain and Roger S. Wieck Collection of Private Presses, Ephemera, & Related References.

–Bob McCamant

Fundraising for Mark Olson of Innerer Klang Press

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

Olson has been living with MS for awhile now. He moved his press to Asheville in 2004 and soon after was flooded out by a hurricane. He has endured some rough luck in his life which he has met with his understated Midwestern attitude. He needs to get his van adapted with new controls for driving. He is collecting funds here, and is nearly halfway to his goal. Few of his books are available because the flood destroyed much of his inventory, but he does have ephemera for sale on his website.

–Bob McCamant